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Arena Essex Raceway
PRI Racing Fixtures
1.00pm , Sunday, 04 October - PRI Bangers ORANGE CAR DAY Skeefy Memorial plus Stock Rods English Champs, Ministox and Lightning Rods

Gates open at 11:00 AM       Admission prices on the gate -
Full Price (15 – 64): £14.00, Children (5 – 14): £7.00 (under 5's free),
Family (2 Full Price and up to 4 Children): £40.00,
Concessions (over 64 and blue badge holders): £8.00
Admission includes car park and programme - (Programmes subject to availability)
No need to pre-book. Purchase tickets at the gate. 

Our bangers look a little orange today as we host the annual Terry Skeef Memorial meeting for the PRI Bangers while the Stock Rods do their English Championship meeting. We also have Ministox and Lightning Rods, all four of our formulas today appearing for the final time this season.
The Terry Skeef Memorial started off at the turn of the century in memory of a driver that performed in many different formulas but, at the time when ill health forced him from the circuit, his main interests were the Bangers and the Group A Hot Rods. He often appeared in some of our more unusual meetings such as the Caravan events and was a keen competitor in the Plastengrave Non-Ford events usually appearing in team colours, namely that of Orange Squash, hence the orange cars. The memorial event originally formed the Non-Ford final though since the demise of that event and the instigation of the Rookie Bangers, the event passed to the Rookies. This will be the first year, therefore, that the PRI Banger formula as it now stands will race for this award though as this is also the last meeting of the year for them, there is a little matter of points for the season.
Just as the Memorial meeting was an annual event in the banger racing calendar, so too was it an event in the Group A Hot Rod season, something that passed on to the Stock Rods when the As were absorbed into that formula. This was signalled each year by the tying of an orange ribbon on each car - well, you wouldn't expect every car to be painted orange, would you? Especially as Terry's A was mostly white! Anyway, there's a bit more to today's meeting for the Stock Rods than that as they will also be racing for the English Championship title as well as rounding off their driver's championship attempt. Tony Perfect had a good lead on Luke Oliver by the start of our last meeting and while Luke Oliver cut into that points lead a little, that all came undone in the final as Tony pulled down second place.
It has been a reasonably good season for the Lightning Rods overall this year with some new blood to challenge the older members of our regular grid. Though there are no titles on the line today, the race for the points will be no less than ever as Nigel Carroll has to try and keep clear at the top from Richard Norman. This could be the most successful year of Nigel's career in the Lightning Rods if he can stay out in front, but the sometimes controversial driving of Normans younger and older has been known to pay dividends in some races only to lead to disaster in others. It could be in Carroll's interests to just try to finish without trying to grab places and points, but where's the fun in that?
If the points situation is interesting in these other formulas, consider the situation with the Ministox. As of our last meeting here, Charlie Morphey was tied at the top of the board with defending champion Lauren Overy. Lauren, however, retired after a thrilling and well deserved victory in the ORC Championship earlier in the year, so it's unlikely that the driver's title will remain with her now, but what of the other Overy? Harry put in some effort to try to keep Charlie in check in their last meeting here, spinning him each time they met. Even so, the gap between them is going to be difficult to make up. Keep an eye on these two at the back of the grid!
You really do not want to miss out on our next meeting here at Arena Essex, starting at 1pm on Sunday, October 18, when the 2l Stock Cars meet for their World Championship Final, the Junior Bangers return for their last outing of the year here, while the National Bangers are doing something a little special in a Memorial meeting for Ronnie Martin. It'll be all 1800cc Mondeos with a full meeting as well as team racing as we again pit the counties of Essex and Kent against each other. There should be a few familiar old faces there too!
Also don't forget that we are now only four weeks away from the Unlimited Classic Banger Open, the Firecracker. Advanced tickets are on sale!